Santo Mezcal restaurant is opening mid-April at 119 State Street, the former home of Nuance, Blue Tavern, Anchor Woodfire Kitchen and Subway. Santo Mezcal is the latest concept from Carlos Luna and the team behind the Los Agaves Restaurants. Luna was inspired to open an elevated Mexican concept featuring contemporary Mexican cuisine, alongside a bar where a coveted mezcal and tequila collection take center stage. Leading the culinary side is Executive Chef Ricardo Garcia, who has created a modern menu yet rooted in traditional Mexican flavors and traditions. With a focus on seafood, his cuisine also celebrates local and seasonal ingredients from the Santa Barbara region. Heading up the bar program is locally renowned mixologist, Sean Sepulveda. I’m told that the design and mood at Santo Mezcal reveal a “stylish oasis unlike anywhere else in Santa Barbara.” The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner.

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  1. Richard says:

    I’m not sure Santa Barbara needs another Mexican restaurant, whether upscale and featuring local ingredients or not. However, if they follow the concept at Mixtli in San Antonio, Texas, we might actually have a true regional Mexican cuisine restaurant that I would welcome. Time will tell.

  2. Liz W says:

    Glad to see a local business in there. Maybe they should call on Mayahuel, the Aztec goddess of the Maguey (agave) plant to rid that location of the bad juju of that space.

  3. Ted says:

    This sounds exactly like what Rudy’s tried to do with Paloma on Calle Real

  4. Jeff says:

    Is Mezcal Martini playing at the opening?

  5. Roger says:

    i haven’t been there yet but, based on our many visits to Los Agaves…nobody does it better.

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